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Mubarik Imam

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 10:51 am    Post subject: Ashoka/Changemakes Innovation Award Reply with quote

Hi all,

If you have a market-based project to address the needs of low-income communities you might want to enter this new competition.

All the best,


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Global Search for Innovative Market-Based Strategies
that Benefit Low-Income Communities

Apply now and win a free conference pass*

New Ashoka/Changemakers Innovation Award: an "open source" competition for business and
citizen sector organizations

Low-income citizens around the world have typically been ignored by the formal markets.
Because they are not deemed valuable clients or partners, many critical products and
services that could improve their lives are not available to them. However, an
increasing number of citizen sector organizations and businesses are changing these
conventional assumptions. They are developing creative approaches that combine profit
potential and positive social impact, beyond philanthropy and corporate social

Ashoka's Full Economic Citizenship initiative and Changemakers are launching a global
search for innovative market-based strategies from both businesses and citizen sector
organizations that improve the lives of low-income individuals in different parts of
the world.

The Changemakers Innovation Awards series is based on a unique "open source" format
where participants compete by entering the best solutions to pressing social issues
while collaborating to advance current initiatives. This new competition will provide
the chance for business and social players to exchange promising practices and develop
partnerships that leverage the strengths of both sectors to provide sustainable
solutions for low-income communities. Please join us today at
<> and spread the word to those in your
network to:

* Enter the contest and submit an application
* Look at other applications and learn about innovative approaches from around the
world that serve low-income individuals with profit and social impact
* Add your voice to the online discussion to challenge assumptions, suggest paths
forward, and develop practical action templates
* Vote for the award winners from a slate of finalists chosen by a panel of expert

Four winners from the citizen and business sectors will receive the Changemakers
Innovation AwardVisit Changemakers:
<> and play your part to fight
poverty. Entries must be submitted online before noon on September 27th, 2005 U.S.
Eastern Time.

About Ashoka and the Full Economic Citizenship initiative: For the past 24 years,
Ashoka has invested in more than 1,500 leading social entrepreneurs with
systems-changing ideas from 53 countries. These Ashoka Fellows are selected for their
innovative and practical ideas to address social needs in fields such as economic
development, health, environment, learning, human rights and civic participation. The
Full Economic Citizenship initiative spreads entrepreneurial solutions that provide
low-income communities around the world with the ability to actively participate in
local and global economies as consumers, producers and investors - harnessing among
others the potential of businesses for development.

About Changemakers: this initiative of <>Ashoka focuses
on the rapidly growing world of social entrepreneurship. It provides practical
resources needed to help everyone become a changemaker and presents compelling stories
that explore the fundamental principles of successful social innovations around the
world. Changemakers is building the first global online "open source" community that
competes to surface the best social solutions, and then collaborates to refine, enrich,
and implement those solutions. <>

* Free passes to a conference on innovative solutions to serve the poor including CK
Prahalad and Stuart Hart as key note speakers will be allocated by lottery to five of
the first twenty applicants. Lottery winners will have the choice of a pass to a
conference in Sao Paolo (August 30th, 2005) or Mexico City (September 1st,

Jill Soucy
Assistant Director, Corporate Relations
Office of Resource Development
MIT Sloan School of Management

30 Memorial Drive, Suite E60-300
Cambridge, MA 02142-1347
Phone: 617-253-6306
Fax: 617-253-5584
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Justin Stone

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Last Visit: 12 Mar 2007
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Location: Cambridge, MA USA
PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Mubarik! BDO might fit the criteria. If there's a favorable funding decision before 9/27, we can look at submitting it... Can anyone think of another project that might qualify?

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